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Subaru 06 head gasket/brakes/oil/timing belt questions
I’m in need of a bit of advice. My wonderful Subaru Forester X (2006, 2.5L, 93,000 miles) is having a few problems.
1. Head gaskets are leaking oil (my guess is about 1L per 2000 miles? Honestly though, I have no idea)
2. I was told my timing belt will need to be replaced soon
3. Pretty sure my brake pads need to be replaced (have only noticed a little grinding/squealing in the past 2 weeks or so – planning on getting it checked out soon)
All in all, I’ve been told the above repairs will range from $2,100 - $3,000. As a recent college grad living at home with my parents, I’m not exactly flush with cash (as in I do not have $2000+ dollars, but I could potentially borrow from a family member with a low interest rate) but I don’t want to delay fixing problems and risk causing irreparable/superduper $$$ damage.
How long can I wait to replace the head gaskets if I keep monitoring my oil level?
Should I be getting regular oil & filter changes still, even though the oil is kind of “changing itself”?
What price range should I be expecting? The 2 places I’ve done to so far (dealership & local mechanic) have quoted me $2100 and $2600 for head gaskets & timing belt (respectively). Is this basically on point?
Also, I added 10W-30 oil to my 5W-30 engine last night. From what I’ve read, this should be OK until it gets cold out. Next time I need to add oil, should I switch back to 5W-30?
Sorry for the long post. Any advice on any of the above would be super appreciated.